DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - The money troubles of Indiana pilot and financial advisor MarcusSchrenker are getting worse now that an Alabama judge has orderedhim to pay $12 million in a lawsuit.
A judge awarded the judgment Thursday to a Dothan man whosued after purchasing an airplane from Schrenker, who is accused ofstaging a plane crash in an attempt to fake his own death.
Barnett Hudson filed suit claiming Schrenker sold him adamaged airplane in 2002. Schrenker wrote a letter in Decembersaying he was broke and wouldn't defend himself.
Schrenker was facing more than $9 million in court judgmentsand potential penalties when authorities said he bailed out of hisplane over Alabama last month and let it crash to make it appear hewas dead.
An Indiana judge ruled on Thursday to permanently freezeSchrenker's wife's assets.
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